Flight 93 Memorial: 10 years later still unfinished, $10 million short

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    Sep 07, 2011 10:48 PM GMT

    http://www.npr.org/2011/09/04/140172828/ten-years-later-flight-93-memorial-still-unfinishedWhile workmen are putting the finishing touches on the Flight 93 memorial itself, funding for it is very much a work in progress. Congress has allocated about $14 million, but the memorial is still $10 million short of its $62 million price tag. And that's before you add on the cost of a visitor's center and other design features that are planned for the site.

    "The main challenge has perhaps more to do with geography than anything else," says King Laughlin with the National Park Foundation, which is helping to raise private donations for the memorial. "Washington and New York are obviously large metropolitan areas. There's a large corporate presence in particular that's very different than what you see in Shanksville. That's a town of around 200 people."

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    Sep 07, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    Not to be a stick in the mud, because these are heroes of 9/11 that absolutely should be remembered and who deserve a memorial. However, $62 million to build it? Seriously???? I just saw the new Wrigley mansion (Wrigley's Gum) being built in Carefree, AZ. It's something like 25,000 sq ft, on the side of a mountain, and it has just been certified as the #1 "Green" Residence in the U.S., and it only cost $18 million. So they are $10 million short? I find it kind of ridiculous that they can't build a perfectly suitable memorial to Flight 93 for $52 million.
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    Sep 07, 2011 11:05 PM GMT



    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/30/families-united-flight-3-congress-approve-37-million-funding/
    The memorial is being built in three phases. The total cost of the first phase, is expected to be 60 million dollars. Final costs for phases two and three have not yet been determined. $20 million has been raised privately, the state of Pennsylvania is giving $18.5 million and Congress has already provided $10 million. Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) spoke with Fox about the funding of the project saying, "We had a few snags, but I think on the whole not only the Bush administration, but Obama administration and both Democratic and Republican majorities in the Congress has supported building this memorial."
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    Sep 07, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
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    I have no doubt that what is planned will be fittingly beautiful -- for $62 million it should be -- I just would rather see it scaled down and become a reality for $52 million, rather than it get delayed much longer. What should really happen is that the U.S. Government should provide a grant (if not kick in the $10 million needed altogether) so this beautiful memorial can get finished.
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    Sep 07, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    These kinds of cost overruns are unfortunate but predictable. This is too important to delay; I'm going assume the memorial fund is acting in good faith and actually needs the money. I'm going to donate and encourage others to do so. I hope they can raise whatever monies necessary to complete this project forthwith.
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    Sep 07, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    Kinsley Construction is one of the 2 companies contracted to do the work. From their local reputation here, they are one of the most respected construction companies, and outbid other companies routinely. I'm fairly certain that they will make a decent profit, but it's not going to be another Big Dig.icon_biggrin.gif